Michael Reno Harrell
Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter, veteran storyteller and entertainer from the southern Appalachian Mountains.
His performances are like his granddaddy’s pocket knife – a well-worn and familiar feeling, but razor sharp and with a point.
His recordings top the Americana Music Association charts year after year, and his original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit.” However, as his writing shows, his awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern experience.
Having toured throughout the U.S., the British Isles and much of Europe, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences.
His natural knack for storytelling, in print, song and spoken word, has earned him praise from not only the music community but also from the literary and storytelling worlds as well. He’s been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival and a Teller In Residence at the International Storytelling Center, as well as performing at major music events like MerleFest and the Walnut Valley Festival.
He often conducts workshops in songwriting and storytelling.
For years, he has received awards in Country, Americana and Folk circles for his recordings.
His humor and wit, as well as the emotional depth of his work, keep his fan base growing and staying tuned in for whatever comes next.
Don’t miss the chance to experience what those faithful fans keep returning to enjoy.
“Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being.” – Blues Music Magazine
MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances.
At the heart of his performances is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters, from the faceless to the legendary, to strikingly real life.
He is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, and most recently won the 2018 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album Of The Year “Break The Chain” and the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year.
He is an international touring artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences.
As a youth, he overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After picking up a guitar and singing, he found his voice.
MacLeod’s playing landed him sideman gigs with George “Harmonica” Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Lowell Fulson and Big Mama Thornton.
Over 30 years, he has had 21 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD and has consistently earned raves.
His songs have been covered by many artist,s including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy.
MacLeod’s songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show “In the Heat of the Night.”
August Wilson requested his soulful slide guitar playing in the Los Angeles opening of “Gem of the Ocean.”
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